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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,359 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 24
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-25-2001

UFO Hefeweizen is an American unfiltered wheat beer. Perhaps UFO’s initial sensory perception is also its most prominent: a cloudy golden color and a dense, frothy head. The yeast, which has not been filtered out, accounts for the cloudiness of UFO. Wheat malt tends to create a larger head than barley malt, the cereal grain most often used in brewing. When served in a traditional wheat beer glass with a lemon, UFO presents an appealing and distinctive visual image.

The aroma has a faint but clear citrus-like character. This is produced by the special yeast and accounts for the Bavarian tradition of serving hefeweizens with a lemon. The lemon accentuates the yeast’s fruity, tart fragrance. UFO has a soft mouthfeel and a refreshing, light body. The wheat malts and subtle hopping give the beer a mild, delicate flavor. UFO has a clean finish. Unlike some imported hefeweizens, UFO does not have the spicy, tropical flavors typical of European-brewed style.

19 IBU
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Photo of Liquids
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy! But in an attractive way, minus the very lively unrine-like hue. Thin and filmy head. Smells sweet, mild, almost no hop aroma, and of course the unmistakable aroma of wheat. Taste is enjoyable, not ultra flavorful, but accessible and good. Mild mannered. Very focused and two-dimentional, but not in a bad way. Taste light and muted, not overbearingly wheaty, and finishes dry. This is not a hefeweizen if you're hardcore into German versions, but by itself it's a good drinking wheat beer. Very light bodied though, with light carbonation. I could easily recomend this to non-hefe drinkers or people who were beer snobs, as a step up from the SA hefeweizen. Not a soulmate, but I can see myself returning here now and again if I cran out or can't get my hands on SA white ale...

Photo of Hautacam
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold...lively, but no real head.
Smells mildly citrusy...faintly chalky.
Tastes mild wheat...citrus...watery.Semi sweet...hint of banana.
A little steely and chalky. Just not very flavorful.
Mouthfeel is medium-light...medium carbonation.
I know this is a popular hefe....I think it's just an OK one.

Photo of TrickKnee
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When it comes to relaxing summer beers this one is on top of my list. Does not have much of a wheat taste but there is some there. This needs a lemon to really bring out the flavors. Still is my favorite made by Harpoon and if you are around Boston you definelty have to pick up a growler, it is wicked good and fresh.

Photo of MrSeth
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: About as hazy as it gets, a hearty dense head forms over the hazy gold body.

Sm: Fresh bananas, slightly yeasty but still tame in this regard.

Ta: A bit like granola mix. I’m not having this with a wedge of lemon as it might be served at a bar. Lemon does work well with UFO. Not a very complex palate here, it’s straight forward and good. This wheat beer pays tribute to a great style and is readily available.

Mf: Well carbonated, refreshing at first,

Da: could get a little monotonous after a while.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the interest of full disclosure, I poured this after drinking a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse. Does it stand a chance? I won't really compare the two and I'll try and be as objective as possible.

Poured a finger-and-a-half thick head that lessened slowly during the drink. Shook up the bottle 3/4 of the way through the pour to wake up the sediment (as directed by Harpoon) but did not add the lemon wedge. Got a hazy yellow color. Only a few sips in and lots of thick, creamy looking lace forming on the sides.

Smells almost exactly like a Sam Adams White Ale: wheat, spice and that lingering faint mustard seed smell. Almost too much wheat, not enough malt...and where's the yeast?

Got a hit of grains in the flavor at first, followed by a citrus-like breeze over the tongue. Nothing really stands out in the flavor, it's good but just sort of there. It seems more like a Witbier, so if we don't think of it as a Hefe Weizen and rather as a Witbier, then it's darn good. A slighty piquant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is watery for this style, crisp and light and inoffensive, but no real heave-ho.

Eh...it's okay. Nothing to shout about but I've had worse Hefe Weizens. It is admittedly refreshing and enjoyable. It just seems like the Americans haven't nailed this style yet. I hope to be proven wrong.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a huge thick head. Body is cloudy lemon yellow.

Smell is sweet citrus and lightly spiced.

Taste is surprisingly light. Bannana, lemon grass, mild hops and cloves. Subtle grainy malt character. Finish is crisp and lightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and buttery.

Overall a drinkable summer session brew. Flavors are generally subdued and a little thin for my taste. Lacks complexity.

Photo of danielocean03
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, almost opaque bright golden yellow color from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. Thin white head quickly fell to white lacing. Aroma is yeasty and grainy with hints of lemony citrus, slight floral quality present as well. Taste is that of a typical hefeweizen, nothing outstanding, clean and refreshing, notes of citrus and clove dominate this brew. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, little to no aftertaste. Easy to drink, might purchase again.

Photo of bashiba
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy light orange with a decent white head.

Smell had hints of sweet fruits like orange and peach with some wheat and yeast as well.

Taste is very wheaty with just a touch of lemon sourness and orange sweetness.

Mouthfeel has a very nice creaminess to it.

Overall a pretty decent wheat when you are looking for something on the lighter side.

Photo of walleye
2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

from the bottle. poured a cloudy yellow with a nice sized white head. aroma lemon, wheat, grainy, hops, some sweetness, and than some sourness pops up as it warms. flavor kind of bland, not a whole lot going on with this one got the same as the aroma but weak.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love the label of the UFO, cool graphic design. This poured a cloudy/murky yello-gold with a small head. The aroma is lemony and wheaty. The taste is more of the same. It has a light lemony zing to it, the wheat is there moreso in the aftertaste. It is a little cripser than i usually like for this style, fairly carbonate. The feel is smooth but a little watery/light. This beer has an allright balance and is fairly drinkable but compared to other hefeweizens i have had this not in the top running(especially considering it isn't that much cheaper). That being said though it is a pleasant drink, an overall nice beer.

Photo of acarroll413
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my first unfiltered experience. I originally had it from a tasting at the liquor store where I work. After that I bought a bottle, took it home, and poured it into a glass. I liked the color, it suits the beer. It smelled heavily of wheat and yeast. The cloudiness that one expects from a Hefeweisen was there. It was quite smooth with a strong STRONG yeast taste to it. When I first had it I told the Harpoon rep who let me taste it- "this tastes like bread". A solid beer, and a solid hefe.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a weizen glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a hazy yellow with a frothy white head that holds and laces nicely. The smell is of wheat and yeast. There also a distinct sweetness and freshness associated with the smell without smelling sugary. The taste is rather weak but solid. There is a fresh bread taste associated but is overall not that strong. This is also slightly sweet. The mouthfeel is nicely thick and carbonated, pretty good. It is also good on drinkability. Not too bad for a wheat beer.

Photo of rebel1771
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with very little head, pretty much what you would expect from this type of brew.

Smells are also typical for a wheat beer with banana aromas along with some citrus scents.

The flavor is not that impressive with just the typical banana flavor coming through without much hop presence at all.

Decent enough wheat brew but doesn't exactly bring anything new the genre.

Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy yet opaque, golden yellow body with beautiful bright white head.

Nose has a nice present wheat nose. Yeast, wheat, some touches of fruits like banana. There's actually a subtle biscuit or even corn smell.

Taste is light bodied with a grainy wheat taste. Yeast, wheat, some hints of caramel. Tropical fruits, banana, apple peel, even touches of pears. Surprisingly bitter with a dirty earth hop taste. There's this overtone of corn that gives it a Macro touch as well, yet still stays very much an american hefe.

Overall a decent american wheat. Sort of has a half Macro half hefe taste, but a great gateway weis.

Photo of maddamish
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Short review here:

I am just not able to get anything special as of late when it comes to quality Hefeweizen. I ordered this beer at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn and came in a bottle.

A fair amount of head was present when poured that laced nicely. The taste was a bit subdued with offerings of orange peel and day old orange juice. The beer was a cloudy dull gold but nothing pretty to look at. the mouthfeel was the best thing about this beer. Full bodied and smooth on the palate.

Notes: I had a lot of good beer tonight and this one just got lost in the crowd. Not a bad example of the style but nothing I would seek out again.

Photo of ashleyshalyn
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap about 2 months ago and I liked it much more than this time around. Currently I am drinking a 12 oz UFO from the bottle.

Serving in: 16 oz glass tumbler poured from the 12 oz bottle

A: Cloudy burnt yellow with a small one finger head

S: Yeasty and citrusy with a very slight floral nose. To be honest the scent is just a bit more floral than a lager beer.

T: I am guessing that something has gone wrong during the storage/shipping of this bottle b/c it is fairly skunky, but my husband just mentioned to me that he remembered it being a bit skunky on tap as well. With that aside one can expect the standard trademark citrus/ banana /clove-like essence of a hefe... Nothing special...

M: Thin, but holds it's own. The carbonation is mild with larger bubbles.

This hefe seems to be a bit lacking, it certainly does not have a "wow" quality to it, but it meets the basic criteria. It is worth a try for sure and I really recommend trying it on tap. I certainly plan to do a re-review of this beer after I have it on tap again b/c I remember it being much more floral with a hint of clove to it.

Photo of akahn
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed honey-yellow color with quickly dissipating white head. Little head, little lace.

Big nutty yeast aroma. Cold, crisp wheat.

Strong, lasting carbonation makes this a crisp, refreshing beer. This almost dominates the flavor, but in the finish we get a flash of clean, wheaty sweetness. Definite banana and melon flavors here, and also some tangy yeast flavor. Good.

Not the most compelling beer I've had (but I'd like to try a good hefeweizen), but a good brew with some Il Panino pizza or Mexican. A solid local quaff.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw-yellow with ahint orange around the edges. Nicely hazy with a 2 1/2" off-white head that drops fairly slowly to about 3/4" (about 3 minutes).
Smell is not really there, very light all over. What there is is light citrus (lemon) and spice notes with some hops and malt.
Taste is lemon, malt, hops and a very light spice.
A bit flatter than I expected with a pretty light body. Fairky clean finish with slight astringency. The hoppy aftertaste is mild. With so many other good wheats, I'd pick something else.

Photo of Gattopardo
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with an exceptionally cloudy pale orange colour and a goodly amount of carbonation showing through. I expected more of a head, but it thins out fairly quickly. Strong smell of hops. It tastes rather fizzy and thin. A good touch of bitterness comes out as it warms, but I would say it’s a bit too little, too late. I suppose it’s perfectly drinkable and I can imagine it could be refreshing, but I would really expect more character from a wheat beer.

Photo of Bones54
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving:12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance:Unfiltered, cloudy, golden, with a thin head

Smell: an obvious strong wheat aroma

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, light, and a hint of fruit flavoring. Though I'm not sure which fruit.

Drinkability: This style in general is very drinkable, and this beer does not fail. A great beer for a summer afternoon.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy straw color with a white head that quickly fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma of faint malt and a slight hop aroma. A slight breadiness to the aroma. A very mild aroma.

Taste of malt and a slight breadiness that lingers into the aftertaste. A mild flavor.

Body is thin. Nothing special.

Pretty easy to drink, just nothing I would seek out. I suppose it would make for a good lawnmower beer. Unfortunately it's 20F outside, and the grass isn't growing.

Photo of jakester
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is from the sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Date clearly stamped on the case, and clearly inked on the bottle.

Pours a cloudy banana yellow with light orange tints. A 1/2 finger head of white foam forms on top, quickly falls to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing. Would have liked to have seen a nicer head.

Aroma is decent banana and very light clove, despite the style descriptor saying these will not be found. I am also picking up some light citrus from the wheat, and some faint bread.

Flavor is a little thin and slightly sweet, with bananas coming through. Hop character is low. Wheat character is good. It's not that complex, but tasty nonetheless. Would like more banana and clove, but that's not the style profile. Aftertaste is sweet bananas, fairly short.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with soft to medium carbonation. Finish is oily and a little flat. Maybe more carbonation?

It's really not a bad beer, and it's on style. I find it slightly weak and a little thin, but it would be a good beer to introduce someone to wheat beer styles.

Photo of jmz62565
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a yellow gold with a smallish head.The smell is a pretty fragrant wheat and floral smell.The taste is light crisp,and refreshing.I'm not a big fan of this type of beer,but this isn't too "wheatish".This has a nice balanced m/f and is very refreshing.This is a good beer and I will try this again.

Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the beers in a mixed 12 pack I bought last week to be reviewed. I always like unfiltered beers and I generally enjoy Hefes, even if it isn't really prime season for them anymore, hope UFO is up to the challenge.
Pours an unexciting, opaque, tannish yellow color, largely unadorned by head or other niceties. The nose is fresh and yeasty without much in the way of substance.
The banana and especially cloves are present but the wheat taste is uninspiring. The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated and a dry, cottonmouthy yeast aftertaste is not helping the cause either.
Well, at least I didn't pay $9.99 for a sixer of this at Uncle Guiseppe's like I was tempted. Drinkable but a subpar attempt at a Hefe; Franziskaner and Erdinger aren't exactly shaking in their boots I suspect.

Photo of beeroclock
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would have rated this higher had I not had a really bad beer right before I started drinking these. I was in a small bar that suggested a Fischer (which is not very good) then went on to this. This beer goes down smooth, it has a crisp taste with a somewhat wheaty scent to it. I just read another comment about how good this would be on a hot day. I agree, it was night time and I was in a bar, but I could imagine drinking these right from the cooler on a hot day out on a boat.

UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.